As we age there are several health-related concerns that can arise. One that is common is arthritis. As of 2015 it is assessed that 15% of Australians or 1 in 5 of the Australian population has arthritis. There are several different types of arthritis with the most common being osteoarthritis followed by rheumatoid arthritis and then there can also be lesser known variations.
It is essential to keep yourself mobile and active when you have arthritis. However, exercise can be the last thing on your mind when you have joint aches. There is often a misconception that exercising will lead to further joint pain, this is not the case as participating in the right exercise for you can decrease arthritis symptoms and enable you to continue in your normal activities.
There are some things to consider when deciding what type of exercise is going to be best for you. What exercise you would prefer can depend on your age, mobility, other existing health conditions and personal preference.
The types of exercise that there are to choose from are strength training, aerobic, water exercises and stretching. What program that you chose to engage in should be catered to your individual needs. The current guidelines for exercise with arthritis is participation in 30-60 minutes aerobic exercise on 5 days per week, resistance training of major muscle groups on 2 days per week and flexibility exercises.
There are several benefits for sufferers of arthritis that have been seen from participating in exercise, these include:
- Deceased joint pain and stiffness
- Maintained or improve range of motion at the joint
- Improved ability to participate in activities of daily living